Definition of ask
askedplay \ˈas(k)t, ˈäs(k)t, ˈask; dialectal ˈakst\;
2a : to make a request of She asked her teacher for help.b : to make a request for She asked help from her teacher.
3 : to call for : require a challenge that will ask much of us
4 : to set as a price asked $3000 for the car
5 : invite She asked a few friends to the party.
1 : to seek information ask for her address
2 : to make a request asked for food
ask for it
: to behave in a way that invites punishment or retribution Experts used to think that battered women were “asking for it”—somehow masochistically provoking abuse from their men. Mercifully, that idea has now been discredited. — Michele Ingrassia
ask for trouble
Recent Examples of ask from the Web
The sale process was run completely by Danone and Lazard, Hirshberg says, adding that a number of companies—in the high teens—initially asked to look at the company's books.
Women talked about being dismissed and talked over in meetings with no other female employees, and asked questions about diversity in hiring and the lack of women in leadership positions.
On Monday, The Enquirer filed its complaint with the Ohio Supreme Court stating Ghiz violated the First Amendment by refusing to release transcripts of a question asked by the jury.
To help pass the time, SI.com is asking and answering three key questions about each of the teams in our Way-Too-Early Top 25.
In a letter sent Monday to the town council, Superintendent Bill Collins and board chair Nancy Petronio asked for a meeting to discuss options and said the attorney's opinion should not be considered a decision by the board of education.
Jorgensen would also ask the court for reasonable attorney fees and other relief, if the case is filed.
Chyna is reportedly seeking sole custody and is asking for Rob to only have visitation rights.
Two questions must now be asked: Did expansion actually make the problem worse?
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Origin and Etymology of ask
Middle English, from Old English āscian; akin to Old High German eiscōn to ask, Lithuanian ieškoti to seek, Sanskrit icchati he seeks
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of ask
ask, request, solicit mean to seek to obtain by making one's wants known. ask implies no more than the statement of the desire. ask a favor of a friend request implies greater formality and courtesy. requests the pleasure of your company solicit suggests a calling attention to one's wants or desires by public announcement or advertisement. a letter soliciting information
Definition of ask
chiefly British, informal
: something asked for, requested, or required of someone —used especially in phrases like a big ask and a tough ask to say that what is being asked for or hoped for is difficult or unlikely It's a big ask, I think, demanding audiences recall a plot from two years ago, and while normally I don't mind a big ask … this particular ask utterly defeated me. — Deborah Ross
ASK Defined for Kids
Definition of ask for Students
1 : to seek information by posing a question She asked if I was worried. They asked about our trip.
2 : to make a request Did you ask for help?
3 : to set as a price I'm asking ten dollars for my skates.
4 : invite 2 I asked some friends to my party.
5 : to behave as if seeking a result You're asking for trouble.
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